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Published:September 4th, 2015 10:42 EST

Chris the Sheep Fleeces World Record: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool " the equivalent of 30 sweaters  and shedding almost half his body weight.


Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the merino ram dubbed Chris, said she hoped to register the 40.45 kilogram (89 pound, 3 ounce) fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "


The poor creature had suffered skin burns from urine trapped in his fleece and could have died within weeks if left in the wild.

Thanks goodness the RSPCA rescued Chris the Sheep and lightened his load by some 90 pounds. If only it were that easy for human beings to lose weight, fat pigs like Rosie O`Donnell and Chris Christie are probably looking at Chris with envy.

Your humble blogger, being a city slicker, was under the impression that a sheep fairy fleeced sheep or that they naturally lost their wool during the hot summer months.

Sheep are truly helpless creatures, and the least we can do in gratitude for the warm sweaters they provide us is to take good care of them.

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